Psalm 22:1-3

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish? My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, but I find no rest. Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the one Israel praises.

 When depression hits it can hit hard. It feels like no one cares; you can barely get yourself out of bed. And worse, it can feel like God doesn’t care. In your lowest moments you feel like that is when God should be pulling you closest, but you certainly don’t feel his tug. Could it be, though, that in those times of depression that it is actually you who is pushing God away instead of the other way around?

God promises never to leave us or forsake us. He is always right there beside us ready to comfort and love on us. But the reason we may not feel God there during those times is because we turn our focus away from him and spend what little energy we have focusing on ourselves and the circumstance that is causing us to be depressed. If we turned our eyes to Jesus and focused instead on his love and majesty, then the things of this world would become less and less important. It can be hard to do this in our moments of deepest sadness, but push through, focus on Jesus, and he will provide you with peace and comfort. Your circumstances may not change but your attitude will, and that makes all the difference.

QUESTION 1. When depression hits you, does it feel like God is miles away?
QUESTION 2. What worldly things do you usually turn to when this happens?
CHALLENGE: Next time you start wondering if God has left you or doesn’t care, lean fully onto him. Pursue Him with all your heart and you’ll find that He was there all along.
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